Article last updated : 05/05/2010
An Aussie Update
From Koala hugging to Dolphin watching (minus the dolphins) Katie's family are loving life down under.
There has been feeding Kangaroos, reminding the Aussies who hold the Ashes and much drinking of cold beer.
Katie's bear, Daisy, has been enjoying herself too and is now back in Brisbane with her cousin Helen. She has sunbathed on Bondi Beach and eaten in some of Sydney's finest restaurants.
We were lucky enough to see a dingo on Fraser Island but the two highlights of the trip as far as Katie's Dad is concerned was bumping into Southend United legend Spencer Prior on Manly Beach in Sydney and watching the filming of Home and Away.
Hundreds of photos have been taken and a gallery will be on soon - you have been warned!
It has also been a pleasure to meet Lauren who is Alison's great niece and her six siblings. Katie wrote to Lauren when she she was unwell and Lauren has kept the letters and the gifts Katie sent too. Lauren's family live north of Sydney near Alison's sister and brother-in-law.